Copy Feed Location : A Firefox Extension
No misnomer here, this Firefox extension allows you to copy the URL of a detected RSS or Atom XML feed to the clipboard, making it uber-easy to subscribe in other applications (such as Thunderbird). You probably know that Firefox doesn't provide an easy way to access the URL.
CopyFeedLocation gives you three easy ways to access a feed URL... an optional toolbar button, a right-click menu option for the standard Feed Button (subscription icon), and a Firefox context menu item. Each is flexible to handle one or multiple detected feeds on a given website, so you can quickly get the feed you want and move on.
How To Use CopyFeedLocation
When you visit a webpage, Firefox checks to see if there are any RSS or Atom XML feeds available. CopyFeedLocation makes use of the same process to give you a quick method of obtaining the feed URL so you can paste it into the aggregator of your choice (or whatever your purpose). Three interface options are available:
- CopyFeedLocation Feed Button Right-click Menu
(Firefox 3 only)
- When one or more feeds are detected, CopyFeedLocation adds a right-click option to Firefox's standard Feed Button (subscription icon, located in the address/location bar when feeds are available).
- Right-clicking the button will display a drop-down menu of the available feed titles. Click on the desired feed to copy its URL to the clipboard.
- You can now paste the URL wherever you wish.
- CopyFeedLocation Toolbar Button
- After installing the extension, in Firefox go to View > Toolbars > Customize..., locate the CopyFeedLocation toolbar button, and drag it to the desired location on the toolbar.
- The button will be disabled (grayed-out) until a feed is detected on any subsequently loaded webpage.
- When one or more feeds are detected, CopyFeedLocation's toolbar button will turn orange, letting you know there are feeds available.
- If a single feed is available, clicking on the button will copy the feed's URL to the clipboard. You can also click the down-arrow beside the button, which will display the title of the feed, and click the menu item to perform the copy.
- If multiple feeds are detected, clicking the button will display a drop-down menu of the available feed titles. Click on the desired feed to copy its URL to the clipboard.
- When the copy is performed, CopyFeedLocation's toolbar button will flash to green momentarily, informing you that the copy was successful.
- You can now paste the URL wherever you wish.
- CopyFeedLocation Context Menu Item
- For some, it may be more convenient to use the context menu, especially if you like to keep your toolbars uncluttered. CopyFeedLocation is built right into the standard Firefox context menu that appears when you right-click on a webpage.
- Note: You won't have the toolbar button to inform you when a feed has been detected, but that's no problem. Just look for Firefox's standard Feed Button (subscription icon,located in the address/location bar when feeds are available).
- To copy a detected feed's URL to the clipboard, right-click anywhere on the page, and click Copy Feed Location. If multiple feeds were found, a submenu (fly-out) will appear containing the titles of the available feeds. Click on the desired feed to perform the copy.
- CopyFeedLocation does not perform feed detection until the
document (webpage) has finished loading. You may observe that
Firefox's subscription icon appears in the address bar before
loading is complete. However, as its native feed detection does
not find some feeds, CopyFeedLocation instead uses its own at the
expense of not being available more immediately.
1.2.0 - Released 5/26/2012
- Fixed all validation warnings with exception of localization.
- Removed deprecated install.js and .jar file code.
- Updated install.rdf to support Firefox versions 3.0 thru 15.0a1,
though I will continue to update these from AMO as I can.
1.1.3 - Released 6/14/2011
- Updated install.rdf to support Firefox versions 3.0 through 7.0a1
- Toolbar button menu and page context menu now display "Copy:"
in front of the feed name so it's more obvious what action will
occur when clicked.
- The Location bar Feed Button of Firefox 3 doesn't appear to be
available on 4.0 (or, if it is, it's not displayed by default).
Unfortunately, I do not have the time to investigate this right
now, so you'll have to make due with the Toolbar button or the
page's context menu. I'll bring it back if enough request it.
1.1.2 - Released 3/14/2010
- Updated install.rdf to support Firefox versions 3.0 through 3.6.*
1.1.1 - Released 10/5/2009
- Updated install.rdf to support Firefox versions 3.0 through 3.5.*
1.1 - Released 1/27/2009
replaced with custom function that checks a testing flag to determine
whether or not to display output messages.
- Added additional feed detection support.
1.0 - First release version, released 1/26/2009.